When Life Gives You Lemons…

When Life Gives You Lemons
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It was one of those days…


My dog wouldn’t stop barking, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing, and none of my shoes would match the pants I put on. To top it all off, it was a Monday morning. It was the shoes that got me the most, though I was stuck between the two pairs with no idea which color to go with.

My wife was curiously watching me struggle. Finally, she showed some mercy and said, “Babe, how about you put the blue shoe on one foot, and the gray one on the other and I will tell you which one looks better.” So I did. It took her five seconds to choose the color. I felt a huge relief and finally rushed to work.

I got to the office just in time for our management team briefing. Ten minutes into the meeting I realized that my employees were having way too much fun for a Monday morning. Giggles, shaded smiles, something was clearly going on. Finally one of them couldn’t hold it any longer and said, “Boss, do you know you are wearing two different shoes?” That’s when I realized that I was so anxious to get out of the house that I completely forgot to remove one of the shoes to wear a matching pair.

I had two options in this sticky situation; resist it and have them laugh at me, or go with it and laugh along. I chose the latter and let my team go wild. They laughed until they cried, made funny jokes, and finally took a picture of me and posted it on Facebook. By the end of the day I felt like a Hollywood celebrity. The post of me wearing two different shoes got hundreds of likes and dozens of comments.

I swear this day will go down in the history of our publishing house. It will be one of those stories they tell newbies in the break room. It will also always remind me of how you can make lemonade when life gives you lemons. Putting a positive spin on the curveballs of life is the theme of our Fall issue.

Learn how you can take advantage of your fears to lose weight in our Shape Up without Trying story. Read the Future of Automaking editorial to see how rising fuel costs stimulated a breakthrough in the auto industry. Find out how a failed career choice led a Russian beauty queen towards a degree in biochemistry by reading our cover story about Marianna Pristupa.

Enjoy all these articles and a handful on health, beauty, and business topped with a heaping scoop of perks on Slavic culture in this Fall issue of Russian Time Magazine. Enjoy!



Sergey Ivannikov

is the Founder & CEO of Russian American Media, a significant and diverse multimedia company serving the Russian-Speaking community of California, and is a successful entrepreneur well known and respected by the Slavic immigrants of the United States.

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